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The application of cDNA microarray technology for unravelling molecular events underlying dormancy and cold hardiness in forest tree seedlings

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00135
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-03-2001
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,650,989 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,325,482 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
Reforestation logistics and forest nursery management depends on the physiological status of the trees. Lifting and cold storage of insufficiently hardened trees leads to reduced vitality, frost damage and desiccation. Identification of molecular processes underlying winter hardiness will allow for the development of rapid and reliable tools to determine seedling condition. The powerful cDNA microarray technology will be employed to analyse gene expression patterns in economically and ecologically important forest tree species, in combination with physiological and morphological screening. This multidisciplinary approach will result in a detailed picture of molecular events involved in the onset and release of dormancy and hardiness. Genes with a strong predictive value will be selected for future implementation in molecular hardiness tests that will aid improvements in forestation planning and forest tree nursery management.


Coordinator
Monique VAN WORDRAGEN
Agrotechnological Research Institute, Agricultural Research Department
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317475000
Fax: +31 317475347
E-mail: m.f.vanwordragen@ato.wag-ur.nl


Partners
  Ben VOSMAN
Plant Research International, as part of DLO
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317476980
Fax: +31 317418094
E-mail: b.vosman@plant.wag-ur.nl
  Eva STATTIN
Dalarna University
Garpenberg
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 22526000
Fax: +46 22526100
E-mail: esa@du.se
  Peter BROENNUM
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Aarslev
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 63904343
Fax: +45 63904393
E-mail: p.bronnum@agrsci.dk
  Bernard KUNNEMAN
Research Station for Nursery Stock
Boskoop
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 172236700
Fax: +31 172236710
E-mail: b.p.a.m.kunneman@bpo.agro.nl
  Bent KARLSSON
Hedeselskabets Planteskole
Vojens
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 74871600
Fax: +45 74871543
E-mail: blk@hedeselskabet.dk
  Bill MASON
Forestry Commission Research Agency
Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1314 452176
Fax: +44 1314 455124
E-mail: bill.mason@forestry.gov.uk
  John MORGAN
Forestry Commission Forest Enterprise
Edinburgh, Scotland
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1313 340303
Fax: +44 1313 146316
E-mail: john.morgan@forestry.gov.uk
  James HEPBURNE SCOTT
Alba Trees PLC
Scotland
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1620 825058
Fax: +44 1620 825316
E-mail: sales@alba-trees.co.uk